According to American media reports, singer Paula Abdul and talent show “All American Girl” are facing a separate lawsuit filed by 2 former contestants. Lythgoe has denied Abdul’s allegations and stated that she is “silent” about them.
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The 74-year-old pop idol and executive producer of American Idol have worked on various talent shows, including So You Think You Can Dance, which she co-produced and first aired in 2005.
According to a statement issued by Lythgoe , “I informed the producers of So You Think You Can Dance of my decision to step back from participating in this year’s series.”
“This fantastic show has always been about dance and dancers, and that’s where its focus should remain. I did this with a heavy heart, but completely voluntarily. I’m devoting myself to clearing my name and repairing my reputation in the interim.”
The 18th season of So You Think You Can Dance is set to begin in March. Fox, the network broadcasting the show, along with its producers, has said in a statement to the American media that the show will continue without Lythgoe .
Lythgoe was also a producer for the talent competition All American Girl, which aired in 2003. The legal documents related to the legal action against former contestants of the show do not mention their names, as seen by the BBC. However, the American media claims to have verified that it is them.
According to the court documents, both women are facing charges of sexual harassment, assault, sexual assault, negligence, and intentionally causing emotional distress.
Abdul is also facing a lawsuit filed by Lythgoe , who claims that the alleged incidents occurred when this duo worked together on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Lythgoe is also facing a lawsuit by Abdul, alleging that the attacks occurred when this pair worked on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance together. The documents claim that both women repeatedly came to his dressing room, and when they wore dance costumes, their lower parts were “openly touched and touched.”
The legal action also states that during a party after the show, Lythgoe took both of them back to his home in Los Angeles, where it is said that he engaged in unwanted sexual relations. One woman says she “wrapped him in her sweater” and attempted to kiss him, which he rejected. The other allegation is that he pinned her to a grand piano and tried to put his tongue in her mouth.
Both women, who filed the lawsuit anonymously, are pursuing legal action for alleged sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, negligence, and intentionally inflicting emotional distress. Abdul is also facing legal action by Lithgow, who claims that the alleged incidents occurred when this duo worked together on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.
According to the court documents seen by the BBC, Abdul’s claim is that the first incident of the assault took place during the early days of the “inaugural season” of American Idol in the early 2000s. The case alleges that during regional auditions for the popular talent show, Lithgow attacked her in a lift on the street.
The case states that upon the doors opening, she managed to escape from her boss and immediately informed her representatives from her hotel room. Abdul claims that the next incident occurred more than a decade later, and according to the documents, she thought there was a professional meeting at her home.
She claims that he forced her and told her that they would become an excellent “power couple,” to which she responded by pushing him away and explaining that she had no interest in him in her progress.
In the same year, Abdul claims that she saw Lithgoe assaulting Lithgow during the filming of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Las Vegas. The case also claims that Lithgow called her “a liar” on the phone and said that she should celebrate this duo because “it’s been seven years, and the law of limitations has expired.”
In a statement given to the American media last week, Lithgow strongly stated that the relationship between the two has always been “dear and completely ideal – friends and colleagues.”
She said, “I found out about these allegations in the press and want to be clear: not only are they false, but they are incredibly aggressive towards me for the thing I stand for, and I will fight this terrifying stain with whatever I have.